Corrie’s Tristan Gemmill slams Amanda Holden’s Eurovision appearance as ‘arrogant’

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Former Coronation Street actor Tristan Gemmill has slammed Amanda Holden’s Eurovision appearance as “arrogant”, while Radio 1 Breakfast presenter Greg James said she’s "not funny in any language”.

The two star’s comments came as Amanda’s presenting during the competition was widely criticised after she made a language joke in her role as the UK jury spokesperson.

Presenting the UK’s points, the 50 year old began her appearance by saying: “Bon Soir. Goedenavond. That is good evening in French and Dutch, although I've got absolutely no idea which is which!”

Taking to Twitter to criticise Amanda, Tristan also referred to UK act James Newman’s failure to score any points.

The 53 year old wrote: “The lowlight of the evening wasn’t the nul points, but Amanda Holden demonstrating perfectly why Europe thinks we’re an arrogant nation with a grossly overrated sense of our own importance, and why no one will ever vote for us.

“What a staggering misread of an audience that was."

Meanwhile, Greg, 35, liked a tweet saying: “Amanda Holden isn't funny in any languages.”

Other Twitter users agreed, with one writing: “I think she just might have being trying to make a misguided attempt at humour though. Not funny and yes it did backfire.”

During her appearance Amanda looked stunning in a couture Ziad Nakad gown, which featured intricate embellishments and feather cuffs.

And the day before she showed her love for her country when she sported a tiny Union Jack dress just like Geri Haliwell at the 1997 BRIT Awards.

Britain was the only country to not pick up a single point on the night, while Italy’s act Måneskin emerged as winners of the competition, which was held in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

However their win was shrouded in controversy after lead singer Damiano David was accused of taking drugs during the live broadcast.

The band issued a strong denial and said they were “ready to get tested”.

According to the singer, he was picking glass off the floor after it was dropped by his bandmate Thomas Raggi.

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“Thomas broke a glass… I don’t use drugs,” he said at the press conference afterwards.

The band wrote on Instagram: “We really are AGAINST drugs and we never used cocaine. We are ready to get tested, ‘cause we have nothing to hide.”

The European Broadcasting Union also released a statement saying Damiano will take a “voluntary drug test” after arriving home.

They said: “We are aware of the speculation surrounding the video clip of the Italian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in the Green Room last night.

“The band have strongly refuted the allegations of drug use and the singer in question will take a voluntary drug test after arriving home.

"This was requested by them last night but could not be immediately organized by the EBU.”

On Monday evening it was confirmed that Damiano David has passed a drugs test and he did not take illegal drugs live on the competition's grand finale on Saturday night.

A statement from the organisers also confirmed that no drugs had been taken.

It read: “Following allegations of drug use in the Green Room of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday 22 May, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), as requested by the Italian delegation, has conducted a thorough review of the facts, including checking all available footage. A drug test was also voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU.

"No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed.

"We are alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band.

"We wish to congratulate Måneskin once again and wish them huge success. We look forward to working with our Italian member Rai on producing a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year."

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